Synlait slashes forecast

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

10:16 AM  Synlait Milk has revised its forecast of the market milk price down $4.40 a kilogram of milksolids.

Not a patch on 'big dry'

Farmers and grapegrowers in Marlborough say while conditions are dry, it’s nowhere near as bad as the drought of 2001.

Marlborough farmers who remember "the big dry" of 2001 say the region is experiencing a normal summer.

First sod turned

Work starts on a new irrigation scheme that will bring water to 3300 ha of some of NZ's most drought-prone land.

Only three new suppliers

Ann-Marie Monda and Carla Meurs among their goats at the Sutton Grange Organic Farm in central Victoria, where  Holy Goat Cheese is produced.

Infant formula exporter will take on only three new dairy goat milk suppliers next season.

Robotics the way ahead

Ben Cameron, with sons James, 13, left, and Izaac, 11, is about to start building.

A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

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Synlait slashes milk forecast to $4.40

Synlait chairman Graeme Milne.

10:16 AM  Synlait Milk has revised its forecast of the market milk price down $4.40 a kilogram of milksolids.

Robotics the way ahead

A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

Ann-Marie Monda and Carla Meurs among their goats at the Sutton Grange Organic Farm in central Victoria, where  Holy Goat Cheese is produced.

Only three new suppliers for goat milk co-op

Infant formula exporter Dairy Goat Co-operative will take on only three new dairy goat milk suppliers next season as it consolidates after a big growth spurt.

beef

Family united on succession plans

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

Cows prepped for premier event

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

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Analysts bullish about beef

Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Sheep

Family united on succession plans

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

Analysts bullish about beef

Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Sheep at the Feilding saleyards – in a worst-case scenario, sheep at a sale would have the infectious foot and mouth disease but show no symptoms.

Buyers after quality young sheep

Sheep farmers are feeling optimistic enough to spend strongly on young stock, agent Kevin Rowe says.

cropping

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek damages

171012 News Photo: Laura McKoy/Cambridge Edition. Gold Kiwifruit supplies are running low as more kiwifruit orchards test positive for PSA-V. Photo: SUPPLIED

The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Apple orchard

Orchard fined $40,000

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

agribusiness

First sod turned for new irrigation plan

Work starts on a new irrigation scheme that will bring water to 3300 ha of some of NZ's most drought-prone land.

Fonterra in $11m cheese blunder

Fonterra has lost its multi-million-dollar cheese market in the United States, after "forgetting" to renew its import licences.

Farmers and grapegrowers in Marlborough say while conditions are dry, it’s nowhere near as bad as the drought of 2001.

Drought not a patch on 'big dry'

Marlborough farmers who remember "the big dry" of 2001 say the region is experiencing a normal summer.

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

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Sex shop divides shopkeepers

The opening of a sex shop in a Christchurch heritage street has caused friction among local shopkeepers.

advice

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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